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SIM-free iPhone 5s now available in the United States without T-Mobile activation.

Although Apple's iPhone 5c has been available in a SIM-free and unlocked model since launch, the iPhone 5s hasn't been as lucky. For whatever reason, users looking to buy an iPhone 5s to use overseas have been saddled with the T-Mobile version, requiring them to visit a T-Mobile or Apple store for activation.

That policy is set to change however, as now includes the option to purchase a SIM-free and completely unlocked iPhone 5s. Available in all colors, the device is regularly priced at $649/$749/$849 for the 16GB/32GB/64GB models, but requires a GSM-compatible SIM to function.

While the T-Mobile version of the iPhone 5s served the same function as the new unlocked model, this now saves customers a trip to their neighborhood T-Mobile store as well as any unnecessary confusion. The SIM-free model can be purchased immediately  online with a 1-2 week shipping time, but it should also make its way to Apple stores soon. 


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-11-22 (Update: 2013-11-22)